Clarion hosts East Stroudburg in PSAC crossover matchup

In the final game of their regular season, Clarion will host East Stroudsburg in a PSAC crossover matchup.

After a 4-1 start, the Golden Eagles have dropped five straight, losing their last two games by the same 14-7 score. The most recent defeat came on the road at Mercyhurst. Another team going through struggles, East Stroudsburg sits at 1-9, losers of eight straight with their most recent game a blowout loss to Shippensburg, 48-7.

In a defensive struggle, Clarion took an early 7-0 lead, but Mercyhurst scored 14 unanswered first half points to come away victorious. East Stroudsburg was tied 7-7 with Shippensburg after the 1st quarter before allowing 41 straight in the defeat.

The Clarion offense scores 19.7 points per game and averages 276.8 yards of total offense per contest. Freshman Tanner Jones was six-for-19 in the loss to Mercyhurst for 54 yards, but added the lone touchdown on the ground. Jovante Seard also took snaps in the loss for Clarion, completing five of his ten throws for 43 yards. Mylique McGriff has been strong in the backfield, rushing for 639 yards and seven touchdowns on over four yards per carry. Dana Jackson is the top target for the Clarion offensive attack, catching 27 balls for 459 yards and a team-leading four touchdowns. Marcus McCoy has added 310 receiving yards for the Golden Eagles.

Clarion’s defense has been stout despite the 4-6 record, allowing just over 20 points per game in 2018. Alec Heldreth has lived in the backfield, making 54 total tackles with 11 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks. Layne Skundrich is the leading tackler for the Golden Eagles with 86 stops. The defense has forced an outstanding 26 turnovers, intercepting 17 passes. Sam Fareri and Dorian Johnson both have four interceptions this season. Paul Blendinger has added four turnovers, picking off two passes and recovering two fumbles.

The Warriors offense averages 25 points per game, but the scoring hasn’t translated to win/loss success in 2018. ESU has gone back-and-forth at the QB position ping-ponging between Ben Moser and Jake Cirillo. Cirillo got the work against Shippensburg, but had a tough day, completing just five of his 24 throws for 97 yards. Cirillo did add the lone touchdown of the game on the ground. Both Moser and Cirillo are over 1,000 passing yards with at least eight touchdowns each. However, the pair has combined for 18 interceptions. Jaymar Anderson hasn’t played since an injury was suffered against West Chester, D. Robinson ran for 44 yards on 12 carries against Shippensburg and has 349 yards and three scores on the year. Jylil Reeder continues an outstanding year with 50 receptions for 915 yards and six touchdown catches. R.J. Sarajian has added five touchdown receptions.

Defense has been a big issue for the ESU Warriors in 2018, allowing over 500 yards and nearly 40 points per game. The defense has been able to force 15 turnovers, intercepting nine passes, led by four from Billy Inge III. Inge leads the team with 70 tackles as well. Justin Johnson leads the team with ten tackles for loss. Joshua Taylor is the third Warrior with at least 60 tackles and has two picks.

It has been a lost year for East Strousburg prompting an on-field retirement from legendary head coach Denny Douds. It looked to be a promising year upcoming for the Golden Eagles improving off last year’s 1-10 record before falling off in the middle of the season. A win could give them a four-win improvement. East Stroudsburg won the last meeting 48-28 back in 2013.

TIME: Saturday, Nov 10th, 12 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WHP 21.2 My Network, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 Me TV, ENN+

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Jordan Conigliaro (analyst)

Delaware State travels to Morgan State in MEAC clash

Both sitting at 2-7, Delaware State and Morgan State will meet in a MEAC tilt on Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

The Bears are on a three-game losing streak, dropping a heartbreaker to Bethune-Cookman on Saturday, 30-28. After an 0-7 start, Delaware State has won back-to-back contests after picking up a 25-6 win over Savannah State.

Morgan State scored three second half touchdowns including a Daylen Baldwin 21-yard touchdown reception with just under six minutes left to make it a 30-28 game, but the comeback effort fell short. DJ Golatt threw for 257 yards and three scores in the loss. Delaware State got up early and cruised to a 25-6 victory, not allowing an offensive touchdown in the contest.

Golatt has taken over the reigns for the Bears who sit at 1-4 in MEAC play. Averaging just 17 points per game offensively, the Bears have struggled at times this season. Golatt has thrown for 413 yards and three touchdowns on the season. Josh Chase leads the Bears on the ground with 369 rushing yards and two scores. Manasseh Bailey has battled injury, but after a strong showing Saturday is the leading receiver with 328 yards and three touchdowns. Corey Holmes has added 27 catches for 306 yards and a touchdown for the Bears.

Defensively, the Bears are led by an outstanding linebacking trio of Damare’ Whitaker, Ian McBorrough and Rico Kennedy. Whitaker leads the team in tackles with 75 while adding four tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. McBorrough has done it all for Morgan State, accumulating 65 tackles, nine tackles for loss and six sacks while forcing two fumbles and intercepting a pass. Kennedy has added seven tackles for loss as well. Donte Small, Dominick Trigg and Marquise Thorns all have multiple picks for the Bears defense. Chris Fatogoma has been strong in the interior for Morgan State.

The Hornets have struggled offensively as well, scoring just under 16 points per contest. Jack McDaniels has completed 49 percent of his throws for 628 yards and five touchdown passes. Brycen Alleyne leads the way on the ground with 487 rushing yards and three scores. Mike Waters has added 338 yards on the ground. Taronn Selby leads the team with 29 catches, but averages just nine yards per reception while Trey Gross has 444 yards on 27 catches, good for 16.4 yards per catch.

Defensively, Delaware State gives up nearly 40 points per contest, even after holding Savannah State to six on Saturday. The defense has forced just seven turnovers this season, picking off three passes and recovering four fumbles. Brian Cavicante leads the defense with 77 tackles and an impressive 15.5 tackles for loss. Jahad Neibauer has added 56 tackles, seven tackles for loss and an interception for the Hornets.

Delaware State won last year’s meeting 33-30 over a one-win Morgan State team. Bailey had a big game for the Bears, catching three touchdowns in the contest. Morgan State had won four straight against the Hornets before last year’s defeat.

TIME: Saturday, Nov 10th, 1 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WBAL 11.2 Me TV

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

WHERE TO WATCH: November 3rd

Nov 3                    Florida A & M at Howard                                             1 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Washington D.C. DMA (2.5 million HHs)

WDCW 50 CW (50 over-the-air, Comcast 803, Verizon FiOS 503, DirecTV 50) Washington D.C.

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ECTV Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 14, Media Com 5, Century Link 5, CNS 5, Southeastern 41, DirecTV 57)

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WHP 21.2 My Network (21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22)

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Delay & Replay Saturday November 3 7:30 pm & Sunday November 4 7 am

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

Nov 3                    Bethune-Cookman at Morgan State                        4 pm

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ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

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WPHL 17 My Network (17 over-the-air, Comcast Philadelphia 17, Comcast Delco 7, Comcast Lancaster 7,  Service Electric 4, Verizon Fios 17, Dish Network 17, DirecTV 17) Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley/South Jersey/Harrisburg/Lancaster/Pottsville

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WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

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Delay & Replay Saturday November 3 10:30 pm, Sunday November 4 3:30 pm & Thursday November 8 11 qm

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SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

 


Bethune-Cookman travels to Baltimore to take on Morgan State in STN's MEAC Game of the Week

Both coming off big losses, Morgan State will host Bethune-Cookman in a MEAC matchup on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Baltimore.

The Bears return back home after a tough trip to Florida culminating in a 38-3 loss to Florida A&M. Morgan State sits at 2-6 on the season and 1-3 in the MEAC after the defeat. Bethune-Cookman stays on the road after traveling to Nebraska for a mid-season matchup with the FBS foe. The Wildcats dropped to 4-5 with the 45-9 loss to the Cornhuskers.

The Bears gained 299 yards in the loss, adding just three points on a 4th quarter Alex Raya field goal. DJ Golatt got a crack at the quarterback position for Morgan State, coming on in relief of DeAndre Harris, throwing for 148 yards. Corey Holmes led the team with five receptions for 66 yards. Bethune-Cookman allowed 28 1st quarter points and 38 1st half points in the defeat, scoring their lone touchdown as time expired.

The offense continues to struggle for the Bears under Ernest T. Jones, scoring just 15.6 points per game and amassing 280.6 yards per game. DeAndre Harris has been the starter at quarterback for the Bears, completing 51 percent of his throws for 944 yards and five touchdowns. In his limited time, Golatt has completed 18 of 33 passes for 156 yards and a pick this season. Three different backs have at least 55 carries for the Bears, led by Josh Chase’s 104 totes for 356 yards. Chase has rushed for two touchdowns and averages just over 50 yards rushing per game. A Notre Dame transfer, Holmes has come on in recent weeks, leading the team with 23 receptions for 275 yards and a score. Mannasseh Bailey has struggled with injuries this year, but is up to 199 yards and two touchdowns on the year after a five reception, 54 yard performance against FAMU. With the lone points scored on his field goal, Raya is now eight-for-11 on the season.

Bethune-Cookman’s offense has been strong in 2018, scoring 29.8 points per game even with the nine point outing versus Nebraska. The Wildcats average 364.2 yards per game on the season. The attack is led by Akevious Williams, completing 63 percent of his throws for 1,435 yards and 12 passing touchdowns. A true dual-threat, Williams has leads the team with 347 rushing yards and an additional eight scores. Isaac Washington and Tupac Isme are the lead backs, each carrying the ball at least 67 times for 332 and 255 yards respectively. Williams spreads the ball, completing at least 18 passes to five different receivers. Keavon Mitchell is the leader with 32 catches for 397 yards and five touchdown receptions. Jimmie Robinson has found the end-zone five times for the Wildcats.

A talented defense, Morgan State’s group struggled a bit on Saturday against a very good FAMU bunch. The Bears allow 28 points per game after back-to-back big offensive outputs from the opposition. Damare’ Whitaker continues to put up numbers, leading the team with 68 tackles and three tackles for loss. Two-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Week, Ian McBorrough has been a big-time playmaker for the defense. McBorrough has 54 tackles, seven tackles for loss, five sacks. Add in two fumbles forced, a fumble recovery and an interception and you have one of the most productive defensive players in the conference. After an outstanding 2017, Rico Kennedy has added another seven tackles for a loss. Donte’ Small leads a defense that has been able to force turnovers, picking off four passes of the team’s 12.

Bethune-Cookman has struggled defensively this season, allowing opponents to score nearly 33 points per game, giving some hope to a struggling Bears offense. Marques Ford has been a consistent presence in the backfield, picking up nine tackles for loss and seven sacks. The Wildcats have forced 16 turnovers this season, with an outstanding six different players picking off multiple passes. Marquis Hendrix is one of the players with two picks and leads the team with 56 tackles and five tackles for loss. Devin James has added 54 tackles and has blocked two kicks.

Each team has three contests remaining with Bethune-Cookman facing off with MEAC leader Florida A&M to finish their season. Morgan State has one more home game with Delaware State next weekend (also on STN) and finishes the season on the road at Norfolk State. In last year’s matchup, Bethune-Cookman’s offense rolled to a 41-28 victory in Florida. Mitchell was one of five players to catch a touchdown in that game for the Wildcats. Dating back to 2009, Bethue-Cookman has won six straight in the series.

TIME: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 4 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WBAL 11.2 Me TV, WPHL 17 My Network, WHP 21.2 My Network, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 Me TV, ENN+

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Ryan Piers (sidelines)

Florida A&M travels to Howard on Saturday afternoon as they look to run away with MEAC crown

The Florida A&M Rattlers will make the trip up north to Washington D.C. as they look to remain unbeaten in MEAC play against the Howard Bison on Saturday afternoon.

The Rattlers enter Saturday’s contest at 6-2 overall and 5-0 in the MEAC after a 38-3 romp over the Morgan State Bears. Ryan Stanley threw three touchdowns for the Rattlers and they led 31-0 at halftime in the victory. Howard dropped to 3-4 on the season and 3-2 in the MEAC after a surprising 27-21 loss to South Carolina State on Homecoming. Howard scored 14 4th quarter points, but the rally attempt fell short.

Florida A&M’s offense is averaging just over 28 points per game on the season after putting up 38 on Saturday. Stanley is completing over 60 percent of his throws for 1,708 yards and 13 touchdowns. Deshawn Smith is the leading rusher for A&M rushing for 420 yards and two touchdowns. Bishop Bonnett averages over eight yards per carry and has added 404 yards and three touchdowns. Chad Hunter has been the top target for Stanley, catching 35 passes for 469 yards and six scores while Xavier Smith has 26 catches for 335 yards and three touchdowns.

Despite a small step back on Saturday, the Bison offense is still averaging over 33 points per game on the season. Howard is accumulating 480 yards per game as well, but offense hasn’t been the issue for Mike London’s team. Caylin Newton has thrown for 1,955 yards and 16 touchdowns on the season, but is completing just 52 percent of his throws and has thrown 11 picks. Newton is the second leading rusher on the team with 362 yards and two touchdowns. Using a stable of backs this year, Howard has started to shift towards Dedrick Parson as the number one back. Parson leads the the Bison with 405 rushing yards and five touchdowns after a 93-yard, two touchdown performance against SCSU. In Parson’s last two games, he has run for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Jequez Ezzard was unable to play in Saturday’s game while Kyle Anthony had four receptions for just 26 yards in the loss. Ezzard still has 779 yards and eight touchdowns despite not being able to get out there on Saturday.

Antonio Miller has been a force on the defensive side for Florida A&M, racking up 11.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Miller has added an interception and a blocked kick for the Rattlers. E. Richardson is the leading tackle for A&M with 60 tackles. Richardson has added 7.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble this season. A&M has picked off six passes in 2018 and recovered three fumbles, led by two picks each from Orland McKinley and Andrew Hines. The Rattlers allow just under 17 points per game and 333 yards.

The Bison have allowed exactly as many points as they have scored in 2018, allowing just over 33 points per contest. The yardage number is large as well, allowing over 430 yards per contest. Marcellos Allison leads the Bison with 47 tackles on the season. Bryan Cook has been one of the few playmakers for Howard, adding a fumble forced, a fumble recovery and a pick-six to go with 40 tackles and three tackles for loss. Jayson Robinson has recovered three fumbles for the Bison, who have recovered eight of them. Zamon Robinson leads the team with 5.5 sacks in 2018.

Florida A&M is the lone unbeaten left in the MEAC and has a chance to continue running away with it. With a win over NC A&T already on the resume, they essentially have a two-game lead in the conference. The Bison had a golden opportunity to make this a play at the MEAC championship, but the loss to South Carolina State is certainly a major setback.

The Bison came away victorious in last year’s matchup, a 37-26 win over the Rattlers. The Bison put up an unbelievable 565 yards of total offense against A&M. Newton will be hopeful he can match last year’s output, a game in which he threw for 294 yards and three touchdowns while adding 141 and a touchdown on the ground.

TIME: Saturday, Nov 3rd, 1 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WDCW 50 CW, WHP 21.2 My Network, ENN+, ECTV Me TV (Tallahassee)

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

WHERE TO WATCH: October 27th

Oct 27 South Carolina State at Howard 1 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Washington D.C. DMA (2.5 million HHs)

WDCW 50 CW (50 over-the-air, Comcast 803, Verizon FiOS 503, DirecTV 50) Washington D.C.

Pittsburgh DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WPNT 22 The Point(22 over-the-air, Comcast SD 10/HD 812, Comcast Clarion SD 12/HD 812, Armstrong SD 22/HD 105, Atlantic Broadband SD 8/HD 707, Citizens SD 12/HD 812, Time Warner SD 22/HD 1022, Verizon SD 10/ HD 510, Consolidated SD 10/HD 710, DirecTV & Dish Network 22) 16 Counties in Western PA and northern WV

Johnstown, Altoona, State College DMA (207,000 HHs)

WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

Columbia, South Carolina DMA (390,000 HHs)

WACH 57.2 Stadium (57.2 over-the-air, Spectrum 1250)

Erie DMA (141,000 HHs)

Erie News Now ENN+ ( 35.3 over-the-air)

Delay & Replay Saturday October 27 7 pm & Wednesday October 31 7 am

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

Oct 27 Millersville at Bloomsburg 3 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, East Stroudsburg, Williamsport DMA (523,000 HHs)

WBRE 28 (28 over-the-air, Comcast 3/HD808, Service Electric 13/HD513, Blue Ridge 7/HD603, Adams 6/HD502, DirecTV 28, Dish Network 28) Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Stroudsburg, Williamsport, Pottsville

Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle DMA (614,000 HHs)

WHP 21.2 My Network (21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22

Poconos, Eastern and Northern PA (30,000 HHs)

BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK (BRC 11) Eastern PA

Delay & Replay Sunday October 28 3:30 pm

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

Delay & Replay Sunday October 28 1 pm

Poconos, Eastern and Northern PA (179,000 HHs)

BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK (BRC 113, BRC 11, BRC 13) Poconos, Eastern and Northern PA

Howard hosts South Carolina State for Homecoming on STN's MEAC Game of the Week

South Carolina State will travel to the nation’s capital on Saturday afternoon as they take on Howard in a MEAC tilt.

SCSU enters the contest with a 2-5 record after a 30-19 victory over winless Delaware State on Saturday in Orangeburg. The Bulldogs ran for 268 yards and three scores in the victory. Howard traveled to Morgan State and came away with a 35-26 victory under the lights despite a slow start offensively.

Howard has improved to 3-3 on the season after picking up victories in their last two contests over Morgan and Delaware State. The offense continues to score points, averaging just over 35 per contest this season. The Bison are putting up yards at a ridiculous clip as well, gaining over 500 yards per game, a number that dropped after a “down” performance of 474 yards versus the Bears. The offense starts with the familiar name of Caylin Newton, who has thrown for 1,806 yards and 15 touchdowns. Newton is second on the team in rushing with 304 yards and two touchdowns, showing his dual threat ability when needed. Even being held to just three catches for 42 yards against Morgan State, Jequez Ezzard’s numbers remain fantastic, catching 31 balls for 779 yards and eight touchdowns. Kyle Anthony leads the team with 35 catches and has picked up 453 yards and four touchdowns. The Bison use a plethora of tailbacks with Dedrick Parson taking over on Saturday night. After a big night with multiple scores, Parson now leads the team with 312 rushing yards and three scores.

South Carolina State’s offense came to life against the Hornets, but still average just over 15 points per game on the season. The Bulldogs are putting up less than 300 yards of total offense a game, not an ideal recipe for keeping up with the Bison attack. Tyrece Nick leads the team in both passing and rushing, throwing for 787 yards and three scores, but completing just 43 percent of his throws. Effective on the ground, Nick has rushed for 563 yards and five touchdowns for the Bulldogs. Datron James leads the running backs with 236 yards. The Bulldogs don’t have a single receiver with ten catches yet this season, led by De’mo Burroughs nine receptions for 220 yards and two touchdowns.

Defense has been the knock against the Bison in 2018, despite averaging 35 points per game, they are allowing opponents to score 34 points per game while accumulating 435 yards of total offense. Bryan Cook had a great night against Morgan State, returning a pick for a touchdown and forcing a fumble on the 1-yard line resulting in a touchback. Marcellos Allison leads the team with 42 tackles in their six games. While only picking off four passes, Howard has received some bounces, recovering eight fumbles so far. Zamon Robinson has 5.5 sacks for the Bison defense.

SCSU allows around 27 points per game and have been gashed on the ground this season, allowing nearly 240 rushing yards per game and 430 total yards per game. Chad Gilchrist and Lane Jones lead the Bulldogs with 39 tackles each. Damu Ford has made his way into the backfield for 6.5 tackles for loss in 2018. The Bulldogs have picked off ten passes, with Scott Robinson and Zafir Kelly each coming away with two.

Mike London’s side came away with the victory last season in his first MEAC meeting with longtime SCSU head coach Buddy Pough. The Bison won 28-20 on the road in Orangeburg with Ezzard leading the way with 144 yards receiving and two touchdowns. SCSU won the last matchup at Greene Stadium 14-9 in 2016.

TIME: Saturday, October 27th, 1 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WDCW 50 CW, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 Me TV, WACH 57.2 Stadium, ENN+

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Varun Raghupathi (sidelines)

Bloomsburg hosts Millersville in STN's PSAC Game of the Week

The Bloomsburg Huskies host the Millersville Marauders in a PSAC East matchup on Saturday at 3 p.m.

Sitting at 4-4 on the year with a chance to get above .500 for the first time since their 1-0 start to the season, Bloomsburg is riding a two-game winning streak into the conference tilt. The Huskies prevailed with a 33-7 road victory at Lock Haven on Saturday. Millersville enters the game at 2-6 after losing two-in-a-row including a 38-34 defeat against Malone on Saturday.

Paul Darragh’s bunch has been playing much better over the last three weeks, nearly knocking off West Chester before picking up the back-to-back wins against ESU and Lock Haven. The passing game got going in Saturday’s win as Erik Benjamin threw for a career-high 190 yards and three scores. That gives Benjamin nine touchdown passes and put him over 1,000 yards passing on the season for an offense averaging right around 21 points per contest. Long known for running the football, it has been no different in 2018 as the Huskies rush for over 185 yards per came with a trio of backs led by Hakeem Sillman. All three of Sillman, Alex Gooden and Qmac Quiteh have run for at least 380 yards and average over five yards per carry. Michael Allen is the main target in the passing game, catching six of the team’s ten touchdown passes. Allen has 31 receptions and a team-high 397 yards.

Struggling for most of the year, the Millersville offense came to life in the defeat against Malone, scoring a season-high 34 points. On the season, J.C. Morgan’s offense averages just 14 points per contest. Collin Shank has racked up yards as the starting quarterback, but has struggled with turnovers. Shank has 1,305 yards passing and five touchdowns, but has thrown nine interceptions in his eight games played. The running game has struggled, ranking at the bottom of the PSAC, but is led by Phil Overton and Kobe Miranda. Miranda leads the team with 221 yards, but averages just 2.7 yards per carry. Chris Dolan and kicker/wide receiver Joey Farley have proven to be capable targets in the passing game, with 473 and 364 yards respectively. The duo has combined for five of the team’s nine passing scores.

Defensively, Bloomsburg has been solid. The Huskies allow 20.1 points per game and held a prolific West Chester team to 17 in a loss three weeks ago. Nate Monroe and Alex Annan lead from the linebacker spot for the Huskies, racking up 55 and 54 stops. Chris Gary is a menace on the Bloomsburg defensive line with 9.5 tackles for loss and a team-high five sacks. Bloom will take the ball away from you, forcing 16 turnovers this season including 12 interceptions. Dexter Jordan leads the team with four picks and Marquis Seamon has added three of his own and nine pass break-ups.

After some strong performances on the defensive side of the ball earlier in the year, injuries have bit Millersville and the last two weeks have seen them allow 75 points. The Marauders allow over 31 points per game through eight weeks. Trejon Dinkins leads the team with 72 tackles, good for third place in the PSAC. Zac Button is second on the team with 63 and leads with 12 tackles for loss. The Marauders rank in the top-10 in the country with 20 takeaways this season. They’ve picked off 13 passes led by four from Ray Lopez.

This matchup has been all Huskies all the time lately. Dating back through 2000, Bloomsburg has won 18 straight over the Marauders. Last year they pulled out a 28-21 victory to continue the streak.

TIME: Saturday, October 27th, 3 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WBRE 28, WHP 21.2 My Network, BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK,

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Jeff Jezewski (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst)

Conference title on the line for Pine-Richland, North Allegheny on Friday Night Rivals

PITTSBURGH -- Pine-Richland and North Allegheny have been on a collision course all season and will face off this Friday in the C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy regular season finale live at 7 p.m. on 22 the Point and streaming live on 22thepoint.com.

The top two WPIAL Class 6A programs are ranked third and fourth in the state, and with both sides returning a handful of highly recruited players the Ram and Tigers have seemed destined to clash in Week 9 for the regular season and conference championship.

"This is Western Pennsylvania football at its finest," Pine-Richland Head Coach Eric Kasperowicz told 22 the Point this week.

"Two undefeated conference rivals playing the last game of the season for the conference title and overall number one seed, what else could you possibly want?"

Aside from Pine-Richland's Week 0 loss to national power IMG Academy, the sides enter this matchup unbeaten and the winner will enter the WPIAL playoffs as the number one overall seed.

This regular season finale will also feature one of the best collection of lineman anywhere in the state. North Allegheny (9-0) employs at least two Division I recruits up front with Elijah Boyd and Jacob Lugg.

The unit has led the way for quarterback Ben Petschke, senior running back Ben Maenza and their bevy of playmakers which includes wide receiver and Penn State commit Joey Porter Jr., who also stars as a defensive back. 

Pine-Richland continues to have success behind highly touted right tackle Andrew Kristofic, a Notre Dame commit, guard Michael Katic, an Indiana commit and center Michael Dorundo who also fields Division I offers.

The Rams potent running game was highlighted in a Friday Night Rivals broadcast earlier this season, a 42-21 win over Pittsburgh Central Catholic which included four touchdowns from speedy running back Luke Meckler. 

Western Pennsylvania high school football fans have had this showdown circled for quite some time following Pine-Richland's 2017 PIAA state championship run led by record-setting quarterback Phil Jurkovec, now at Notre Dame. The Rams edged North Allegheny twice on their way to Hershey, both in the regular season and in the WPIAL playoffs.

A new chapter between these two big school rivals will play out this week, live on 22 the Point.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Dan Watson (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Oct 26: Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

Battle between Laurel Highlands top teams caps off Friday Night Rivals season

WJAC’s Friday Night Rivals presented by your Local Honda Dealers brings a fantastic finale as undefeated Richland travels to one-loss Chestnut Ridge on Friday night at 7 p.m.

Yet to be knocked off and tearing through the opposition, Richland enters at 9-0 after a 36-0 rout of Penn Cambria in their penultimate regular season contest. Chestnut RIdge enters at 8-1 after dropping their first contest of the season to Bishop Guilfoyle on Friday night, 12-0. Teon Reed ran for 141 yards and two touchdowns as Richland scored all 36 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters of the win. Chestnut Ridge was unable to find the end zone despite averaging over five yards per carry.

Brandon Bailey’s Richland Rams are led by senior QB Joe Hauser. Hauser is completing nearly 60 percent of his throws, accumulating 2,140 yards passing and 27 touchdowns. Adding another 221 yards per game on the ground, Richland is averaging over 7.5 yards per carry as a team. Reed is the leading rusher with 663 yards and seven touchdowns. Five different players have at least 145 rushing yards for the Rams. Zack Vogelsberger has a nose for the end zone, scoring on ten of his 52 carries. Keeping up with the theme of depth, five different players have at least 163 receiving yards for Richland. Caleb Burke has been outstanding, catching 51 balls for 920 yards and 13 touchdowns. Trevor Tustin averages over 23 yards per catch and has scored six times.

Not as prolific offensively, Chestnut Ridge averages around 26 points per contest. Sophomore QB Logan Pfister has thrown for 1,079 yards and eight scores. Pfister and Jared McGill have both carried the ball over 100 times. Pfister has added 674 yards and nine touchdowns while McGill is right behind with 669 yards and nine scores. Pfister spreads the ball around, as the Lions have four targets between 11 and 18 receptions. Derrick Weaver leads the group with 340 yards and four receiving touchdowns.

As good as they offensively, Richland allows just 9.7 points per game defensively. They shut out three opponents this season and allowed 20 or more points just three times. Lucas Sabol leads the team with 78 tackles followed by Jacob Sabol with 72. As a team, Richland averages three sacks per game and Vogelsberger leads the bunch with eight on the year. The Rams have forced 20 turnovers this season, led by Jordan Kocsis’ three interceptions.

Chestnut Ridge has been even better defensively than Richland, allowing just 8.4 points per game. Max Shoemaker’s Lions have two shutouts and haven’t allowed a team to score more than two touchdowns in a game this year. Trey Maxwell leads the stout defense with 69 tackles. Brodie Harbaugh has found his way into the backfield with eight tackles for loss and three sacks. The Lions shut you down more than turn you over with just 11 takeaways on the season. Jacob Mowry leads the team with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.

What a turnaround it has been for Richland after a 4-6 season a year ago, getting back to the identity of the teams that won 36 games between 2011 and 2013 under Bailey. Chestnut Ridge has been very good for the third straight year winning ten and nine games respectively over the past two campaigns. This game will ultimately decide the Laurel Highlands Conference championship as the pair sit just a game apart in the standings.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26th

WATCH: CBS 21

ONLINE: local21news.com/watch

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Collin Riccobon (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).

2018 HARRISBURG FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON CBS 21, WHP

Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East

Rivals clash to cap Friday Night Rivals season

CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season comes to its conclusion as Central Dauphin and Central Dauphin East meet on Friday night at 7 p.m. on CBS 21.

Central Dauphin enters the regular season finale at 6-3 coming off a victory over Chambersburg while Central Dauphin East enters at 3-6 after a loss to Cumberland Valley on Friday night. Noah Hoffman threw for three touchdowns and Adam Burkhart ran for two scores in the Rams 35-14 victory. Bryce Baker ran for over 100 yards and a score for CD East, but the defense struggled in the 48-17 loss.

After getting off to a 4-1 start, Central Dauphin is just 2-2 in their last four games, but have a chance to finish off a 7-3 regular season with a win. The team’s losses have come against elite teams like Harrisburg, State College and Manheim Township. Central Dauphin currently sits in third place in the MId-Penn Commonwealth behind aforementioned Harrisburg and State High.

The senior quarterback, Hoffman, has thrown for 1,123 yards and eight touchdowns this season. Relying heavily on the ground game, Coach Glen McNamee’s bunch rushes for over 180 yards per contest. Burkhart is the leader of the backs with 806 yards and 11 touchdowns. Tyler Leisher is the other major threat for the Rams, averaging over 6.5 yards per carry for 337 yards and a pair of touchdown runs. Four different receivers have at least 100 yards, but Nick Chimienti is far and away the leading option with 28 receptions for 482 yards and four touchdowns.

CD East sits in sixth place out of eight teams in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth at 2-4 in conference play. The offense averages just under 19 points per game on the season. Aaron Blanding’s group is led by Baker. Averaging nearly eight yards per carry, Baker has rushed for 709 yards and five touchdowns. Shawn Brown has been even more efficient on less touches, averaging nearly nine yards per tote. Brown has 475 rushing yards and three touchdowns and has also spent time under center. Brown has completed 27 of his 45 throws for 336 yards and a touchdown. Jeremiah Green is the other option at QB for CD East, throwing for 474 yards and a score. The versatile Stephon Brown has been a consistent weapon for the Panthers, totaling 525 yards on 37 touches on the ground and through the air. Shawn Brown has added an extra 178 receiving yards, giving him at least 175 yards passing, rushing and receiving.

Burkhart has been a strong force on the defensive side of the ball for Central Dauphin, racking up 54 tackles, an interception, and five TFL’s. Cameron Sansoni is the force up front, getting to the quarterback eight times, thus far. Kyle Minnich is another strong backer for the Rams, averaging six tackles per contest with seven tackles for loss. The Rams have intercepted 12 passes this season, with eight different players registering a pick. Malachi Bowman leads the way with four takeaways for Central Dauphin.

James Banks Jr. leads the Panther defense with over eight tackles per game and six tackles for loss. Both Tyree Cowan and Isaiah Ibraheem have registered five tackles for loss. Ibraheem leads the team with 4.5 sacks. The Panther defense has picked off eight passes and recovered eight fumbles in 2018. Devon Lee has four takeaways while Shawn brown leads the way with three picks.

6-5 a year ago after three straight ten or more win seasons, Coach McNamee’s bunch has a chance to get back to their winning ways and at the very least guarantee a better finish than last year with a win on Friday night. 6-5 a year ago, CD East will finish with a worse record than the prior year for the fifth straight year, dating back to 2014’s 10-3 finish.

Central Dauphin has won 13 of the last 15 meetings, but will be looking to avenge last year’s 35-31 defeat at the hands of the Panthers. CD East’s other triumph came in a 21-19 win back in 2012.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26

CBS 21

ONLINE:

Playoff positioning on the line between Bethel Park, Peters Twp. on Friday Night Rivals

PITTSBURGH -- The race for postseason positioning continues in high school football across Western Pennsylvania and this week's C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy matchup between Bethel Park and Peters Township features plenty of playoff implications, live at 7 p.m. Friday on 22 the Point.

Peters Township (6-2) and Bethel Park (5-2) enter Week 8 deadlocked with Upper St. Clair and West Allegheny as one-loss teams in the Class 5A Allegheny 8 Conference. This matchup along with the regular season finale results next week will decide the top seeds entering the WPIAL playoffs.

"This will be a classic high school football game between good friends, rivals and neighbors," Bethel Park Head Coach Jeff Metheny tells 22 the Point

"We have great respect for them and we are looking forward to the challenge."

Peters Township enters Week 8 coming off of back-to-back wins over Moon and Chartiers Valley, while Bethel Park comes into the contest riding a three-game winning streak, including a 28-7 win last week over Baldwin.

Head coach T. J. Plack's Indians are riding a wave of momentum from a year ago when they secured their best record in over a decade, finishing 7-4 in Class 6A. Now playing in Class 5A and led by returning all-conference junior running Adrian Williams and a veteran offensive line, Peters Township has already improved on its 2017 mark.

Bethel Park won a conference title last season in Class 6A. Now in 5A, the Black Hawks haven't missed a beat, dropping just two games so far, two tough one-point losses to West Allegheny and Central Catholic.

With a victory this week on Friday Night Rivals, one of these programs will take a major step, laying the groundwork for a deep 2018 postseason run.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Josh Maurer (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

WHERE TO WATCH: October 20th

Oct 20 Howard at Morgan State 7 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Baltimore DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WBAL 11.2 Me TV (11.2 over-the-air, Comcast 208/HD 1169, Anne Arundel 165, Atlantic Broadband 520, Armstrong 92/453, Easton Utilities 91Verizon FiOS 460, Dish Network 247)

Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle DMA (614,000 HHs)

WHP 21.2 My Network (21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22)

Pittsburgh DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WPNT 22 The Point(22 over-the-air, Comcast SD 10/HD 812, Comcast Clarion SD 12/HD 812, Armstrong SD 22/HD 105, Atlantic Broadband SD 8/HD 707, Citizens SD 12/HD 812, Time Warner SD 22/HD 1022, Verizon SD 10/ HD 510, Consolidated SD 10/HD 710, DirecTV & Dish Network 22) 16 Counties in Western PA and northern WV

Johnstown, Altoona, State College DMA (207,000 HHs)

WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

Erie DMA (141,000 HHs)

Erie News Now ENN+ ( 35.3 over-the-air) Erie

Delay & Replay Sunday October 21 1 am

Washington D.C. DMA (2.5 million HHs)

WDCW 50 CW (50 over-the-air, Comcast 803, Verizon FiOS 503, DirecTV 50) Washington D.C.

Delay & Replay Saturday October 20 Midnight, Monday October 22 7 am

Cleveland, Erie, Youngstown, Columbus, Buffalo, Akron, Toledo, Charleston DMAs (2.6 million HHs)

SPORTS TIME OHIO (Erie Time Warner 21-23/HD308-1308, Armstrong 47/HD177, Sharon Time Warner 76/HD 308-1308, DirecTV 662, Dish Network 431)

State College hosts Altoona in first meeting since 2009 on Friday Night Rivals

WJAC’s Friday Night Rivals presented by your Local Honda Dealers moves to Week 9 with the State College Little Lions hosting the Altoona Mountain Lions on Friday Night.

The Little Lions bounced back after falling to Harrisburg with a 35-28 victory over Central Dauphin on Friday night. Tommy Friberg threw for two touchdowns and added one on the ground in the State College win. After losing to Cumberland Valley 24-21, the Mountain Lions have dropped two straight to fall to 3-5 this season.

Matt Lintal’s offense has thrived in State College this season, averaging over 35 points per game this season. Friberg has been efficient, completing 66 percent of his throws for 1,459 yards and 15 touchdown passes. Friberg has added 236 yards and an additional four scores on the ground. Dresyn Green had a massive game Friday night and has now accumulated 287 yards and four scores on the ground. Isaiah Edwards remains the leading rusher despite missing the last two games. Highly touted collegiate prospect Keaton Ellis has pulled in 31 catches for 493 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cohen Russell averages an insane 26.1 yards per catch and has pulled in five scores.

The Altoona offense averages just over 26 points per game this season, led by quarterback Connor McCarthy. McCarthy has thrown for 1,142 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He has been turnover prone with ten interceptions. Leading runner Mitchell Lawhead has 717 yards and 11 touchdowns this season. McCarthy has added 268 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns as well. Connor Adams has been a favorite target of McCarthy’s with 39 receptions for 538 yards and six touchdowns. Lawhead has added 247 receiving yards and four touchdowns to his 1,000 plus yards on the ground.

Tyson Brennan leads the Little Lions defense with 48 tackles on the season. Sammy Knipe averages over six tackles per game for State College as well. Nathan Lusk has terrorized quarterbacks with four sacks. The Little Lions have forced 15 turnovers, six of them by Ellis. Lusk has added two interceptions to go with his four sacks.

The Altoona defense has struggled, allowing nearly 29 points per game. Isaiah Barnes and Lawhead have both scored defensive touchdowns for the Mountain Lions this year.

State College sits in second place in the Mid-Penn Commonwealth at 4-1, behind Harrisburg at 5-0. Harrisburg is the lone team to defeat State College this season. Altoona sits in seventh out of eight at 1-4 in conference play. In a loaded field, State College is one of 12 7-1 teams in Class AAAAAA football.

After back-to-back 2-8 seasons, Nick Felus has already improved Altoona’s record in his first season. State College is in search of their third straight ten win season and have the talent and aspirations for more in 2018. State College has won five of their last six against Altoona, with the last meeting coming back in 2009, a 36-7 win.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19

WATCH: WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15) Johnstown/Altoona/State College

ONLINE:

ANNOUNCERS: Rick Hull (play-by-play), Varun Raghupathi (analyst), Ryan Stanko (sidelines).

 2018 JOHNSTOWN FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON WJAC Me TV

Friday Oct 19 Altoona Area at State College Area

Friday Oct 26 Bishop Guilfoyle at Bishop McCort

Milton Hershey welcomes Camp Hill in Week 9 FNR matchup

HARRISBURG – CBS 21’s Friday Night Rivals Presented by Faulkner Subaru season nears its end as Milton Hershey hosts Camp Hill for Week 9 Friday night at 7 p.m. on CBS 21.

A battle of two teams on opposite ends of the spectrum, 7-1 Milton Hershey and 1-7 Camp Hill both come off victories on Friday night. After picking up their first loss two weeks ago, the Spartans bounced back with a 28-14 road win over Palmyra. After an 0-7 start, the Lions picked up win number one, a 26-21 triumph over Boiling Springs. Greg Labine threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns in the win for Camp Hill.

A run-first football team, Milton Hershey has a stable of talented backs led by Chiago Anyanwu. Anyanwu averages nearly ten yards per carry, amassing 1,110 yards and 12 touchdowns. Naeem Cross has flourished as well, rushing for 562 yards and seven touchdowns. The trio of runners is completed with Dion Bryant. On just 23 carries, Bryant has rushed for 413 yards and three scores. For those of you interested in the math, that’s 17.9 yards per carry. The Spartans have attempted just 50 passes as a team this year. When they do throw it is generally Tigere Mavesere who has thrown for 319 yards and six touchdowns. Jaidyn Parris is the leading receiver with 15 receptions for 187 yards and three touchdowns.

The Camp Hill offense has averaged just 13 points per game on the season, doubling that number in the win on Friday. Daniel Shuster has attempted the most passes this season for the Lions, but it was Labine under center on Friday night. Labine has completed 49 of his 89 throws for 615 yards and six touchdowns. The Lions have struggled running the ball, averaging just 69 rushing yards per game. Frank Shartle II is the leading rusher with 309 yards and a touchdown on 80 carries. Labine is second on the team with 111 yards. Three different receiving options have at least 19 receptions and 196 yards for Camp Hill. Connor Trumpy is the yardage leader with 18 catches for 446 yards and four touchdowns. Shartle leads the team with 19 receptions on the year.

Defensively, Tim Bigelow’s Lions are led by Cole and Grant Bayesa. Both players average at least seven tackles per game for the Lions with Cole averaging nearly ten. The Lions are forcing just over one turnover per game with nine takeaways in eight games this season. Amber Horner, Paul Parise and Max Delaye have all come away with two takeaways this season. Josh Parra has been quite the playmaker defensively for Jeff Boger’s Spartans taking back two picks and two fumbles for touchdowns this season. The Spartans are allowing just under 13 points per game on the season.

Looking at the MId-Penn Capital Division, Hershey sits in a tie for second place at 4-1. Middletown, one of three 7-1 overall teams in the division, is the lone conference undefeated at 5-0. Hershey’s lone loss this season came in a 32-21 defeat to the Blue Raiders. Camp Hill is tied with the team they recently defeated, Boiling Springs, at 1-4. Milton Hershey is one of nine 7-1 teams in the AAAA playoff race.

This could be a historic year for the Milton Hershey program. A win would help them towards winning nine games in a season for the first time since a 9-3 2014 season. The Spartans haven’t reached double digit wins in the last 15 years. Since 2015, Camp Hill has dropped from 12 wins to seven then to four and now to one so far in 2018. Milton Hershey has won eight of the last nine in the series with Camp Hill, the Lions lone win in that stretch coming back in 2015. Milton Hershey won last year’s contest 23-13.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19th

WATCH: CBS 21

ONLINE: local21news.com/watch

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Collin Riccobon (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines).

2018 HARRISBURG FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON CBS 21, WHP

Friday Oct 19 Camp Hill at Milton Hershey

Friday Oct 26 Central Dauphin at CD East

Howard travles to Morgan State after dominating home opener of STN's MEAC College Game of Week

After hosting their first home game of the season, the Howard Bison travel to Morgan State for a MEAC battle on Saturday night at 7 p.m.

Both teams are coming off victories on Saturday, with the Bison rolling over Delaware State 55-13 and the Bears taking down Savannah State 18-11. Caylin Newton led a Howard offense that put up 529 yards of total offense in the win, throwing for 313 yards and five touchdowns and adding a team-high 58 yards on the ground. Corey Holmes fell on the ball in the end zone to give Morgan State a lead they wouldn’t give back with 5:21 left in the 3rd quarter.

With the win, Howard improved to 2-3 on the year and 2-1 in the MEAC. Newton continues to impress in his sophomore season, throwing for 1,593 yards and 15 scores. The team’s leading rusher, Newton has added over 300 yards on the ground as well. Mike London’s squad uses a stable of backs, issuing at least 16 carries to five different running backs. Khalid Dorsey leads the quintet with 169 yards and a score. Wielding arguably the top pair of pass catchers in the MEAC, Jequez Ezzard and Kyle Anthony, the passing offense has clicked under Newton. The big play threat, Ezzard has 28 catches for 737 yards and eight touchdowns, including three on Saturday. Anthony has 31 catches for 398 yards and four scores.

Not quite as big a threat as the Bison offensively, the Bears average just 16 points per game. Quarterback DeAndre Harris has completed just over 50 percent of his throws for 743 yards and four scores. Similar to Newton, the MSU quarterback is also the leading rusher for his team with 260 yards and two rushing touchdowns. Joshua Chase, William King and Jordan Riggins have all had at least 42 carries and 129 yards this season. Getting steadier playing time, Corey Holmes leads the receiving group with 13 catches and 166 yards.

Even with a much better defensive performance on Saturday, the Bison are still giving up 36 points per game. Marcellos Allen leads the bunch with 30 tackles this season. Up front, Zamon Robinson has picked up six tackles for loss and four sacks this season. The Bison defense has forced eight turnovers this season with Tye Freeland, Devin Hurtado and Jalen Smith having all picked off passes.

Damare’ Whitaker continues to thrive defensively, racking up 52 tackles so far this year with three tackles for loss and a fumble recovery. Ian McBorrough and Rico Kennedy round out a fantastic linebacking unit. McBorrough has 39 tackles this season with five tackles for loss and four sacks. Always a threat in the backfield, Kennedy has 34 tackles, six for loss and 2.5 sacks. With 15 turnovers forced, Ernest T. Jones defense has been opportunistic. Donte Small leads the turnover charge with four picks.

Last season at Greene Stadium, Howard picked up a 39-14 victory over the Bears. Morgan State won the last matchup in Baltimore 28-24. Morgan State leads the all-time series 43-27-1, winning ten of the last 13.

TIME: Saturday, October 20th, 7 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WBAL 11.2 Me TV, WHP 21.2 My Network, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 Me TV, Erie News Now (ENN+),

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

Hopewell, Central Valley matchup returns to spotlight on Friday Night Rivals

PITTSBURGH -- When it comes to Western Pennsylvania high school football rivalries, Hopewell versus Central Valley is one of the newer matchups with an old school feel. The two Beaver County programs will take center stage when the C. Harper Auto Group Friday Night Rivals Powered by IGS Energy season continues this week live on 22 the Point.

The two schools separated by less than eight miles are making a return to the spotlight, following a 2011 matchup that featured two of the top WPIAL players of all time - Hopewell's Rushel Shell (West Virginia) and Central Valley's Robert Foster (Alabama) - a game that aired nationally on ESPN and allowed a rivalry to be born.

In this 2018 edition the two sides enter with identical 2-5 records, both rebuilding with young but promising rosters.

"You can throw out the records in this game, anything can happen," Central Valley Head Coach Mark Lyons told 22 the Point. 

"There is something different during the week from the players' focus, to the student body excitement throughout the school."

Lyons - a 30-year coaching veteran - started the Central Valley program in 2010, with Hopewell winning the first matchup 26-22. The Warriors have won the last seven meetings, including a 38-16 victory last season.

TIME: 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

WATCH: 22 the Point (WPNT) (Comcast 812, Dish/DirecTV 22, Verizon FiOS 510, Armstrong 105, Atlantic Broadband 707, Laurel Highlands 422, Citizens 812, Consolidated 710, Shentel 207, Time/Warner 1022)

ONLINE: The broadcast will stream on http://22thepoint.com/.

ANNOUNCERS: Josh Maurer (play-by-play), Geoff Arnold (analyst), Jordan Conigliaro (sidelines).

SOCIAL MEDIA: #FridayNightRivalsPGH, @22ThePoint, @JordanC_WPGH.

2018 PITTSBURGH FRIDAY NIGHT RIVALS SCHEDULE

***ALL GAMES AT 7 P.M. ON 22 THE POINT, WPNT-TV***

Friday Oct 12 Hopewell at Central Valley

Friday Oct 19 Bethel Park at Peters Township

Friday Oct 26 Pine-Richland at North Allegheny

WHERE TO WATCH: October 13th

Oct 13                     Delaware State at Howard                                                 1 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Washington D.C. DMA (2.5 million HHs)

WDCW 50 CW (50 over-the-air, Comcast 803, Verizon FiOS 503, DirecTV 50) Washington D.C.

Philadelphia, Harrisburg & Wilkes-Barre/Scranton DMAs (3.6 million HHs)

WPHL 17 My Network (17 over-the-air, Comcast Philadelphia 17, Comcast Delco 7, Comcast Lancaster 7,  Service Electric 4, Verizon Fios 17, Dish Network 17, DirecTV 17) Philadelphia/Lehigh Valley/South Jersey/Harrisburg/Lancaster/Pottsville

October 13          East Stroudsburg at Bloomsburg                                                      2 pm

National platform (86 million HHs)

ESPN3 (Accessible on line at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. ESPN3 also airs on DirecTV with the ESPN app—available to 20 million DirecTV subscribers—and on Xfinity with Xfinity X1 Voice Remote and X1 App—available to 22.5 million Xfinity subscribers, including 5 million in Philadelphia and the Mid-Atlantic region.)

Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, East Stroudsburg, Williamsport DMA (523,000 HHs)

WSWB CW 38 (38 over-the-air, Comcast 7/HD807, Service Electric 11/HD511, Blue Ridge 11/HD607, Adams 11/HD503, DirecTV 38, Dish Network 38)

Harrisburg, Lancaster, York, Carlisle DMA (614,000 HHs)

WHP 21.2 My Network (21.1 over-the-air, Comcast 19, Armstrong 15, Blue Ridge 133, Nittany 99, Verizon 21, DirecTV 22)

Pittsburgh DMA (1.1 million HHs)

WPNT 22 The Point(22 over-the-air, Comcast SD 10/HD 812, Comcast Clarion SD 12/HD 812, Armstrong SD 22/HD 105, Atlantic Broadband SD 8/HD 707, Citizens SD 12/HD 812, Time Warner SD 22/HD 1022, Verizon SD 10/ HD 510, Consolidated SD 10/HD 710, DirecTV & Dish Network 22) 16 Counties in Western PA and northern WV

Johnstown, Altoona, State College DMA (207,000 HHs)

WJAC 6.2 Me TV (6.2 over-the-air, Comcast 110-187-202-248, Armstrong 410, Atlantic Broadband 110, Windstream 16, Laurel Highland 15)

BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK (BRC 113, BRC 11, BRC 13) Poconos, Eastern and Northern PA

Erie DMA (141,000 HHs)

Erie News Now ENN+ (35.3 over-the-air)

Howard Bison host Delaware State in MEAC tilt on STN's College Game of the Week

Howard University (1-3) hosts Delaware State (0-5) on STN’s College Game of the Week this Saturday afternoon.

Howard, while a deceiving 1-3 due to their early season schedule, dropped Saturday’s contest 40-35 to North Carolina Central. The Bison took a 35-34 lead with 6:19 left on a Khalid Dorsey touchdown run, before allowing a NCCU score with 24 seconds left to steal a victory. Delaware State couldn’t slow down Lamar Raynard and the NC A&T offense en route to a 34-6 loss, their fifth straight defeat to start the year.

Mike London’s offense has been strong this season with the Bison averaging over 30 points per game. The yardage numbers have been even better, with the Bison putting up 509.8 yards per contest. Caylin Newton, brother of Cam, is obviously a huge part of that. Newton is averaging 320 yards per game through the air, throwing ten touchdowns and six interceptions. Newton has added another 63 yards per game on the ground and a score, accounting for over 380 yards per game by himself. Khalid Dorsey, leads the running back trio with 137 yards and a touchdown. One of the best WR duos at this level, Jequez Ezzard and Kyle Anthony have flourished with Newton. Ezzard leads with 546 yards and five touchdowns while Anthony leads with 28 receptions and has added three touchdowns.

The Hornet offense hasn’t been good so far this year, averaging just 11.6 points per game. The offense is accumulating just under 260 yards per game. Keenan Black, a dual threat QB, has thrown for just 432 yards this season, while adding 138 yards and a score on the ground. Mike Waters has been the main back with 83 carries and 338 yards this season. Trey Gross leads the team with 18 receptions and 264 yards while catching both passing touchdowns.

The Bison defense has struggled, allowing nearly 42 points per game. With two FBS teams on the schedule, those numbers are slightly skewed, but NCCU was able to do much of the same against the Howard defense. Howard is allowing nearly 470 yards of total offense per game. Howard has forced seven turnovers on the defensive side of the ball this year. Zamon Robinson leads the group up front with four tackles for loss and three sacks. Tye Freeland has an interception and five PBU’s while Marcellos Allen leads the team with 25 tackles.

Somehow, the Hornet defense has been even less effective, allowing nearly 50 points per game and over 400 yards. Not able to cause pressure or force turnovers, the defense has been stuck on the field and gashed when on it. As a unit, The Hornets have registered just a single sack and forced a single turnover. Cavicante has been strong, registering 50 tackles and an impressive ten tackles for loss. On a bright note, the Hornets have blocked three kicks this season.

7-4 a year ago, Howard routed the Hornets in last year’s matchup 52-23. Newton racked up 366 total yards in the win with both Anthony and Ezzard going for over 100 yards. Gross had a big game in the loss, totaling 154 yards and two touchdowns through the air. The Bison have won the last two meetings between the teams.

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 1 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WDCW 50 CW, WPHL 17 My Network

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Phil Schoener (play-by-play), Emory Hunt (analyst), Jeff Jezewski (sidelines)

PSAC matchup features Huskies and Warriors on STN's College Game of the Week

Bloomsburg hosts East Stroudsburg in PSAC matchup after pair of disappointing starts to the season.

The Huskies, sitting at 2-5 after a 17-14 loss to undefeated West Chester, will look to rebound and get back to their winning ways against the 1-5 Warriors. Bloomsburg led 14-3 at the half against the Rams, before relenting a touchdown in each of the final two quarters, capped off by a 26-yard A.J. Long touchdown pass with 10:41 remaining. The Huskies turned it over on downs with 42 seconds left to play, clinching the Rams win.

ESU is hoping to turn things around as Denny Dowds’ squad has dropped four straight after a brutal 35-33 defeat to ranked Kutztown. The Warriors last three losses have all come by three points or less. Ben Moser found Anthony Guarino for a 38-yard score with 45 seconds left, but the tying two-point conversion attempt failed. ESU scored 20 4th quarter points in the rally effort.

Paul Darragh’s bunch is still struggling a bit on the offensive side of the football, averaging just 18 points per game in 2018. The yardage numbers have been low as well, with the unit gaining just over 280 yards per contest. The Huskies could look to get off to better starts, being outscored 27-13 in the 1st quarter this year.

Erik Benjamin’s completion percentage sits under 48 percent on the season, throwing for 780 yards and five touchdowns. Benjamin has added five rushing touchdowns despite negative rushing yardage. Three backs have at least 45 carries and at least 250 yards on the ground for the Huskies. Hakeem Sillman leads the trio with 69 carries and 339 yards, but both Alex Gooden and Qmac Quiteh average more yards per carry and 5.4 and 5.5 respectively. Bloom is running for over 150 yards a game while only throwing for 130. Michael Allen is the leading receiver with 24 catches for 268 yards and three of the five scores through the air. Allen has at least two receptions in every game with a season-high seven coming against Kutztown two weeks ago.

ESU’s offense hasn’t been a big issue for Coach Dowds, averaging nearly 28 points per contest and racking up nearly 400 yards. Ben Moser has stepped back into the quarterbacking role after losing time to Jake Cirillo earlier in the year. Cirillo threw 13 passes on Saturday, but Moser took over throwing for 286 yards and three scores. Moser has to take better care of the football, throwing ten interceptions to eight touchdown passes. Jaymar Anderson continues his strong season, rushing for 637 yards and eight scores after another 100-yard output against Kutztown. Jylil Reeder is the favorite target with 27 receptions, 529 yards and five scores. R.J. Sarajian and Guarino each have three receiving touchdowns.

The blame for Bloom’s uncharacteristic struggles can’t be blamed on the defensive side of the ball. The unit has been solid, allowing 22.7 points per game and 336.8 yards of offense per game after holding high-powered West Chester to 17 points. The Huskies have forced 11 turnovers, picking off eight passes this season. Dexter Jordan and Marquis Seamon have been ballhawks with three interceptions each. Jordan also has a fumble recovery, giving him four takeaways this season. Nate Monroe and Alex Annan lead the front seven, registering 50 and 48 tackles respectively. Chris Gary has 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

The blame for East Stroudsburg’s struggles can be blamed on the defensive side of the ball. The Warriors are allowing teams to rack up over 530 yards of offense per game, while scoring 37 points per contest. Allowing 222 points this season, the unit has given 127 first half points this year. They have forced seven turnovers, led by two interceptions and a fumble forced by Billy Inge III. Joshua Taylor leads the team with 43 tackles and has added an interception and a blocked kick.

A matchup with plenty of history, ESU leads the all-time series 44-42-2. Last year’s contest was a 38-28 Bloomsburg victory as the Huskies have won back-to-back games and look to make it three straight. Bloomsburg needs a win if they hope to avoid the first losing season of the Darragh era while Coach Dowds’ team will try to turn three straight close losses into their second win of the season.

TIME: Saturday, October 13th, 2 p.m.

WATCH LIVE: WSWB CW 38, WHP 21.2 My Network, WPNT 22 The Point, WJAC 6.2 MeTV, BLUE RIDGE CABLE NETWORK, Erie News Now (ENN+)

ONLINE: ESPN3

ANNOUNCERS: Geoff Arnold (play-by-play), Colin Riccobon (analyst), Varun Raghupathi (sidelines)